Like a Bee

What comes to mind when you see a bee? Run for dear life, or admire nature’s little helper?

Happy New Year to you, dear reader. I hope 2021 is going well for you. I never get tired of hearing or saying, Happy New Year! If I say it long enough, perhaps the year will be new. Old problems will pass away. Hope will be reborn and all the troubles that tormented us in 2020 would be no more. A mother can only hope for the best.

So, do you have an answer to my question? Do you see honey bees as a potential threat or selfless creatures? You might be wondering where I’m going with this. I crave your indulgence, just keep reading. Imagine if there were no bees to embark on the multiplying task of pollination.

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Flower lovers like me, who enjoy the angelic display of delicate rose petals glistening under the morning sun will be left heartbroken. Pinning for nature’s floral loss and hoping to watch flower petals detach from the flower buds once again and fluttering in the wind like soft winged angels, whose wings are flapping promises to protect and catch me if I fall.

Honey bees are champions of pollination.

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They promote food security by helping flowers and some crops such as clover, reproduce by transferring pollen from one plant to another. The relationship between bees and plants is symbiotic. Bees feed and survive on nectar from plants. As they feed, they deposit pollens for reproduction.
This year, we should try to be more like the honey bee. Turn away from parasitic relationships and embrace a symbiotic one. Learn to support friends and family. Don’t be that friend or family member that keeps taking and requesting for favours without ever giving back.

Without pollination, many flowers and flowering plants would have gone extinct by now. Thanks to the busy bees, more plants will escape the list of endangered species. A part of our new year’s resolution should be to help protect Mother Nature and our immediate environment.

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We start by keeping plastics off the streets, out of drainage systems, and away from water bodies. In the words of former US president Barack Obama, “climate change is no longer some far-off problem; it is happening here, it is happening now.”

In the same light, let us stop passing off adulterated honey as pure honey.

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I have lost count of the number of times I’ve picked up a fake bottle of honey from a shelf in a supermarket. The label on the bottle bore promises of no additives, and 100% natural honey. But when tasted it turned out to be a mixture of honey with sugar syrup or high-fructose corn syrup, modified to look like real honey.

Honey bees give us unadulterated honey freely, without expecting rewards. It is worrisome that humans, who are above animals and insects are sometimes more beastly than them in behaviour. Why should we intentionally sell fake honey as the real deal? Now, that’s appalling.

This is a new year, let us treat each other as we would want to be treated.No passing off fake products as authentic ones. Like the honey bees, everything that comes from you should be genuine. If it is faux, let the receiver know. Let our activities and lifestyles help to preserve and protect our immediate environment and the world at large.

Wishing you a Healthy, Productive, Safe, and Happy New Year.

25 thoughts on “Like a Bee

  1. Hello! Great to read your post and great insights about the Bee. Love raw unadulterated honey but never want to be sting by a Bee! Seek symbiotic not parasitic relationships … do your part and protect Mother Nature and your environment! Thanks and Happy New Year – we canโ€™t say it too much – until probably after March ๐Ÿ˜Š

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    1. Hi TT, I’m back. I love pure ๐Ÿฏ honey too but not a sting from nature’s little helper ๐Ÿ. Though, I think they sting to protect themselves and their territory from perceived threats. Thanks for your contribution. ๐Ÿ˜Š Have a beautiful day. ๐Ÿ˜˜

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      1. Yes we did collect the honey. My parents did and they wore protective clothing when they did. We had enough honey for the year and we kept the beeswax for art.

        One year the bees attacked our chickens and many chickens had so many stings that it looked like they had sand on their faces. My mother took the chickens to the vet and he gave them antihistamines. Most of them survived. My mother’s friends laughed and said they never heard of something like that ๐Ÿ˜‚my mother also taught me that there were certain things you shouldn’t do like cross the path of the entrance to their hive or go near them when you have a strong cent like shampoo or carrot tops… They don’t like it and can become aggressive. But normally you can just ignore them. That’s why I have a healthy respect for them, and also I am allergic to bees. I swell up. So I love them from a distance.

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      2. I enjoy reading your comments โ˜บ. Wow, you must be a very meticulous person to have lived alongside bees, even though you are allergic. ๐Ÿ˜… Poor chickens, what did they ever do to offend the queen bee and her subjects. I glad some of them survived. Loving them from a distance ๐Ÿ˜, so sweet.

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  2. Happy New Year!! ๐Ÿ˜€

    Bees fascinate me. I find them quite cute and harmless!

    It’s so funny how your thoughts are always so relatable. In India it is extremely hard to get pure honey. All the big brands pass off sugar filled honey as pure. A recent finding found that ALL top brands of honey in India were adulterated. It is harder to find farm fresh unadulterated honey in India – so over the past few months I’ve moved away from using honey all together (I’m also trying to be vegan!).

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    1. My dear, it seems to be the same story everywhere ๐Ÿ˜Œ. Research shows that Honey is the third most adulterated food in America. Behind Milk and Olive oil. I use refined sugar to sweeten my beverage these days. At least I know what I’m ingesting. Do have a great week dear๐Ÿ’™.

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  3. Happy New Year to you my dear sis. With the second wave of the virus around the corner, I pray for our safety.
    When I see a bee, I run like crazy. My grandma had a neighbour we loved so much because of his sense of humour. He was a strong old man and a beekeeper. He kept beehive in the tree and made money selling real honey. But one day, he was stung to death by the bees he kept. It was sad. From then onwards, I got terrified by a bee flying by. That’s just by the way.

    it’s unfortunate honey is highly adulterated these days, as you have rightly said even those ones promising the real thing aren’t any better. To buy the real honey, one has to be there at the bee yard to be sure. It’s hard to get real thing once it gets to the market. It’s sad.
    Love your posts. They’re insightful.โค

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    1. Hello Florence, it is nice to read from you. I hope you enjoyed your holiday. It is sad to read what happened to the Bee farmer. I believe we have to be extra careful when dealing with animals and insects no matter how harmless they seem. Getting pure honey these days my dear is like a wild goose chase. I’m tempted to give up. Thanks for stopping by Florence. Enjoy the rest of the week๐Ÿ˜Š.

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